Introduction to Psychology
Full course description
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines psychology as the scientific study of mind and behavior. This course aims to elucidate what the APA means by this. Psychologists wish to understand how and why we think, feel, perceive, and act in a certain way. Psychological research results quite often defy conventional wisdom and insights from psychology have proven useful for other fields such as management and marketing, law and justice, education, and (mental) health. This introductory course will cover topics ranging from the workings of the brain to consciousness, from intelligence to abnormal behavior, and from elementary sensations to idiosyncratic beliefs. It will tackle questions like: Do we have free will? Why do we blindly obey authority? Can we trust our own memory?
- You can define what psychology is exactly.
- You can illustrate how psychological concepts (e.g., love, intelligence) can be transformed into something that can be measured and studied .
- You can name, list, and distinguish key ideas within psychology.
- You can explain and reflect on psychological ideas and research.
All students are welcome. No prerequisites.
Recommended: “It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.” – Carl Sagan
An E-reader will be provided. The relevant literature references are listed in the course manual.